Feb. 15, 2018
by Tony Jones
GREENSBORO, N.C. – A program record was rewritten, and a relay squad found its way to the podium for the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team on day two of the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. The Irish remained in fifth place following a competitive two sessions of swimming at the Greensboro Aquatic Pavilion.
The No. 19 Irish (283 points) are pursuing No. 7 Virginia, who assumed the championship lead with 442.50 points. No. 14 Louisville is second with 414.50 points, followed by No. 11 NC State in third with 373 points. No. 18 North Carolina is fourth with 331 points.
Freshman Lindsay Stone set a Notre Dame record in the 500 freestyle during morning preliminary heats, touching the wall in 4:42.85 to set the stage for an eighth-place result (4:45.67) in the finals of the distance. Stone is now the Irish record holder in the 500, 1000 (9:47.76) and 1650 (16:12.78) freestyle events.
The Notre Dame 200 freestyle relay team of Abbie Dolan, Carly Quast, Sofia Revilak and Lauren Heller stormed onto the podium for the Irish by placing third with a finals time of 1:29.03. Notre Dame edged North Carolina for the bronze medal by just .01 of a second.
In men’s diving, defending ACC champion Joe Coumos finished as the runner-up off the 1-meter board with a score of 391.90 points. The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team unofficially sits in fifth place with 79 points after scoring in the first two diving events prior to the start of the men’s championship meet on Feb. 21.
The third day of the women’s portion of the 2018 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships begins Friday at 10 a.m. (ET) with the prelims of the 100 butterfly.
Coach Litzinger Said“It was a great two sessions for our women today. We established ourselves in the upper tier of a truly tough conference with some outstanding performances.”
“Lindsay Stone and her Notre Dame record of 4:42.85 in the 500 free prelims was an amazing performance, along with Carly Quast in the 50 free. Our 200 free relay took third and made the podium for the first time since joining the ACC. That swim was an example of how we have done it all year long, true team swimming.”
“Joe Coumos dove his way to another elite level performance off the 1-meter board. A second-place finish in a hard-fought contest capped a great two days for Joe. That, along with Peter Myers’ top-15 finish is helping set our men up for a great week at ACCs next week.”
“We are in fifth right now and have a real shot to move up tomorrow. Our events over the next two days are our strongest, and should produce some great performances.”
Top Irish PerformancesWomen’s 500 Freestyle – Lindsay Stone touched the wall in 4:45.67 in the event final to place eighth. Stone broke the Notre Dame record in the 500 free during the prelim round, swimming a 4:42.85 to surpass the previous mark by nearly two full seconds. Molly Treble finished 15th with a finals time of 4:46.54 (NCAA B-cut of 4:45.34 in the prelim heat). Alice Treuth was 22nd in 4:49.64.
Women’s 200 IM – Kyra Sarazen was the top Notre Dame finisher with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.09 for 18th place. Nicole Smith added an NCAA B-cut in 1:59.81 for 19th place.
Women’s 50 Freestyle – Carly Quast swam just above the Notre Dame record in the event by .05 of a second, posting a final heat of 22.30 for an NCAA B-cut and seventh place. Abbie Dolan finished 13th with a finals time of 22.57 (NCAA B-cut of 22.44 in prelim heat), while Sofia Revilak was 22nd with an NCAA B-cut time of 22.37.
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay – The Notre Dame entry of Abbie Dolan, Carly Quast, Sofia Revilak and Lauren Heller claimed the first ACC podium finish for the Irish in the event, posting an NCAA B-cut time of 1:29.03 for third place.
Men’s 1-Meter Diving – Joe Coumos nearly defended his ACC 1-meter championship from one season ago, taking runner-up honors with a finals score of 391.90 points. Peter Myers scored 292.80 points to place 14th.
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball, men's soccer and swimming and diving programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana Monroe and with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.